all you armchair scientists who like to equate the Sun spots and Earth weather please update your data:
We are officially inside the new Sola Cycle 24 and for 3 days now we have had the enormous sunspot 1024. Today, the sunspot is growing again. It now measures 125,000 km from end to end, almost as wide as the planet Jupiter. This 3-day movie from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) shows recent developments:
the sun's magnetic dynamo is still working--a fact some had begun to doubt. More sunspots are coming, so stay tuned.
Sorry to bust your bubble, guys but the Sun is as active as ever.
All this is taken verbatim from http://www.spaceweather.com. Time to bookmark that link and get educated.